A strike closed the Eiffel Tower for most of Friday as staff demanded more help to deal with pickpockets operating around the Paris landmark, tower officials and unions said. "There have always been pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower, but we are now facing an organized network", said a union representative.
The site was closed from around 930 local time (3.30 a.m. ET)and reopened to visitors in the late afternoon.
The protest came a day after Paris authorities launched a drive to improve tourist protection and said theft around Paris' main attractions was on the decline compared to last year.